This region includes Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
The Midwest region has traditionally been a focal point of American haiku activity with publications such as American Haiku, the world’s first English-language haiku journal (started in 1963), and Modern Haiku, which has been published here for most of its existence, among others. In addition, we are also home to Brooks Books, the country’s oldest publisher devoted to books of haiku, and its journal Mayfly. The region hosted the landmark Haiku Chicago event in 1995 (the first-ever joint conference of the Haiku Society of America and Japan’s Haiku International Association), the 1999 Haiku North America conference, the 2000 Global Haiku Festival, and, more recently, the “Cradle of American Haiku” festivals. In addition, Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, hosts the country’s only university haiku studies program.
The Midwest region has a wealth of talent, with HSA members in eight states, and strives to grow in its knowledge of haiku by holding informative readings and critiques, with presentations by excellent poets and speakers, to which the public is always invited. Additional activities include outdoor walks, such as visiting the Japanese garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Members often meet for dinner after events to socialize.
If you’re not already an HSA member, please come to one of our gatherings or free programs, and give us a try. We encourage haiku poets throughout the Midwest to start a new group (the Midwest regional coordinator is always happy to help), or to join an existing group:
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Regional Member News & Events 2019
Hello HSA Midwest,
Spring is just twenty days away! And with it, so many haiku activities. Notice in the announcements below, a call for submissions to an Ohio Haiku Anthology and information on Haiku North America to be held not far from the Midwest in Winston-Salem, NC. You’ll find information here for planning your attendance and also a call for Program Proposals if you have a presentation you would like to share.
A number of our Midwest groups will host March meetings. My wish is for each of you to have a nearby haiku study group where you can share haiku and encourage each other along your haiku journeys. If you are looking for a study group, there are a number listed below. If you don’t see anything in your area but would be interested in meeting with others to talk haiku, send your name and location to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to put you in contact with others in your area. Sometimes haiku groups begin with two people sharing their poetry over a cup of coffee!
All the best,
Ohio Haiku Anthology Call for Submissions
The Ohio Haiku Anthology is an anthology celebrating contemporary English Language Haiku haiku written by Ohio poets, past and present. The closing date for entries is March 31, 2019. Poets selected will be announced by June 30, 2019. Poets selected for the anthology will be paid one copy of the anthology.
Your submission should comprise of 5-10 haiku and senryu. We are specifically looking for poems that follow the contemporary English Language Haiku format as described by The Haiku Society of America. (http://www.hsa-haiku.org/archives/HSA_Definitions_2004.html) While we will not reject poems that are 5-7-5 outright, they must follow the other HSA guidelines for haiku.
We are primarily looking for poems that have been previously published by leading haiku journals and presses. After each poem, please indicate the publication name and date. While we will not reject unpublished poems outright, the emphasis for this anthology is on previously published work.
Your name and e-mail address should appear on the top of your submission. A cover sheet should include your name, address, email address, and your relationship to Ohio. If you are currently living in Ohio, please let us know where. If you are a past resident of Ohio, please let us know when and where you lived in Ohio.
Where to send your entry: Entries may be sent by email. Email entries should be sent to CuttlefishPoetryBooks@gmail.com. Electronic manuscripts and cover sheets should be sent as MS Word or PDF files attached to the email.
Rights: Copyright remains with the authors. For previously published poems, Cuttlefish Books will seek Anthology Reprint Rights for the purposes of this anthology. For unpublished poems, Cuttlefish Books will seek Anthology Rights.
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MIDWEST MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
From Joe McKeon: I am very pleased to announce the publication of my first book, oars up (Red Moon Press, 2019). I wish to thank Scott Mason, Francine Banwarth and Julie Warther for their invaluable advice in the editing of this book. I also wish to thank Jim Kacian and Red Moon Press for agreeing to publish it. I have limited number of copies that I can provide to anyone interested in having an inscribed copy. If you want one please contact me at email@example.com. The cost is $15 (plus mailing costs). ”Both of my oars are in the waters of Joe McKeon’s debut collection, a blend of haiku, haibun, and sequences unique in the way they navigate the span of his years from boyhood through manhood. Knowing that the mind is a time traveler, he set a driftnet to capture memories and events from the past, which is part and parcel of who we are in the here and now. These poems are heartfelt and delivered with an honesty that, to paraphrase the author’s own words, gives us a taste of life in each breath.” ~Francine Banwarth, Editor, Frogpond, 2012-2015
Charlotte Digregorio did the English translation of the Italian haiku collection, Hatsuyume by Maria Laura Valente. She translated 100 haiku. Translations by others were done in Japanese, Arabic, Russian, and French.
Julie Warther will be judging the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational this year along with Alan Bridges and Susan Constable. Please consider sending an entry. The deadline is June 1. Guidelines are available here:
Julie Warther will be leading an Introduction to Haiku Presentation and Workshop at Dover Public Library, 525 N. Walnut Street, Dover, Ohio 44622 on Saturday, April 13 from 2pm-4pm. Registration is available by calling the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123.
MIDWEST STUDY GROUPS
Evergreen Haiku Study Group
Evergreen Haiku meets again at the Center for Poetry, Michigan State University on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 1 to 3pm, Room C301, Snyder Hall at 362 Bogue Street in East Lansing.
Let’s hold a kukai at our next meeting, Saturday, March 16, 2019. Anyone who has ever attended an Evergreen Haiku meeting is eligible, whether or not they can attend the next meeting and participate in the kukai “party.” What’s a kukai? If you’re not familiar with the term, it goes like this. Send me up to three (3) of your unpublished haiku by Wednesday, March 13th 2019. I will place them anonymously in a running list of poems and bring photocopies to the meeting. Folks who come to the meeting on March 16th will discuss the entries and cast votes for their favorites. Every haiku that gets at least one point is “born.” The top three vote-getters receive special admiration and, if the poets happen to be attending the meeting, they will get a prize as well. And, of course, everyone who participates will be notified of the results by email within a few days of the meeting (though I forgot last time). I hope you all consider participating. It’s a great way to get creative juices flowing. And a great way to get feedback on how others respond to your haiku. So mark your calendars!
Typical meetings include some mix of read-around, craft exercise, inspirational exploration, writing time, anonymous critique, and linked form collaborations. One additional monthly meeting will take place on April 13, 2019. Poets of all persuasions are welcome, whether novice or seasoned, student or community member. Note: Parking is free on Saturdays in campus lots (Faculty/Staff parking spots only). Some
Led by Michele Root-Bernstein, Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Haiku Chapter of the Illinois State Poetry Society
The Haiku Chapter of the Illinois State Poetry Society is meeting next on April 14, 2019 from 1pm-4pm at the Northbrook Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, Illinois in the Youth Services Room. In addition to our critiquing we share resources and discuss published haiku from the perspective of those that delight and those that mystify. Contact Jim Sullivan at email@example.com for more information.
Haiku Waukesha (Wisconsin)
We meet next 5-7pm on March 20th. The meetings are held at First UMC Waukesha. Direct questions to: Dan Schwerin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Ohaio-ku Study Group (Ohio)
The Ohaio-ku Study Group met Saturday, February 9 with the following in attendance: Sharon Ohnmeiss, Barbara Sabol, Larry Shircliff, Joe McKeon, Phyllis Lee, Barb Smith, Susan Mallernee, Valentina Ranaldi-Adams, Don Fulmer and Julie Warther. We held a kukai with the theme of “heartbreak”. Joe McKeon won a book award. Joe McKeon gave a reading from his newly released book from Red Moon Press, “oars up”. We participated in a found haiku exercise using magazines from the library discard table. Everyone shared their found poems. We found it to be a useful exercise in jumpstarting the haiku mind and a fun resource for collecting unique words and fragments. New issues of Frogpond, Bottle Rockets and Mayfly were passed around. The remaining time was spent workshopping poems.
The next meeting of the Ohaio-ku Study group is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 from 10am-noon at the Cuyahoga Falls Library. 2015 3rd Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The kukai theme is “spring” and the form is haibun (prose/haiku combination). Bring along haiku to workshop and some of your favorites from recent journals to share in a reading. All are welcome! For more information, contact: Julie Warther email@example.com
Columbus Haiku Group (Ohio)
The Columbus Haiku Group meets the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Locations around the Columbus area vary. Please contact Jennifer Hambrick firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cincinnati Area Haiku Group (Ohio)
The next installment of the Mercantile Haiku Workshop will be held at noon on Thursday, April 4, 2019 The Mercantile Library located at 414 Walnut Street, 11th Story, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. The Workshop is free and open to both members and non-members of the Mercantile Library. Please contact Amy Hunter at the Library (513-621-0717) to make a reservation. Lunch will be provided.
Northwest Ohio Haiku Group (Ohio)
meets monthly near Findlay, Ohio. Sharon Hammer Baker facilitates, with assistance from a small but dedicated group of haiku students and writers. Visitors are welcome. Dates and times vary. For more information, contact Sharon Hammer Baker at email@example.com.
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See previous year event reports in our Midwest Web Archives:
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Julie Warther lives with her husband and three teenaged children in Dover, Ohio where she works for the local school system as a home instruction tutor and serves on the board of trustees for The Dover Public Library. A member of HSA since 2009, her haiku have appeared in many print and online journals and won a number of awards including the Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Senryu (2012), the Robert Frost International Haiku Award (2012), the Polish International Haiku Competition (2013) and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational (2014). Julie's haiku have been included in the Red Moon Anthology (Red Moon Press 2012-2015), Haiku 2014 (Modern Haiku Press, 2014), and A New Resonance 9 (Red Moon Press, 2015).